Thousands of users have already benefited from the Eliyon Networking site
September 22, 2003 - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Looking to get back to work? Sometimes what matters is not only who you know, but whom you have known. In fact, in its 2003 Executive Job Market Intelligence report, ExecuNet states that 51% of job interviews result from networking. Former colleagues are a critical piece of the career networking puzzle, but staying in touch is not always easy. That's why a leading online information provider, Eliyon Technologies, is making a new service available for free to job seekers. Now, the power of networking with former colleagues is just keystrokes away.
Job seekers can go to www.eliyon.com, click on "Eliyon Networking," then enter companies where they've worked, and Eliyon will provide profiles of everyone in its database who has worked for that company. These personal profiles are chock full of useful information, including where past colleagues are currently working, contact information, descriptions of employers, and more.
Before today's launch to the general public, the company offered Eliyon Networking to a limited number of users via e-mail in August. From 200 initial invitations, more than 6,000 individual users tried the site. When surveyed, more than 60% of respondents said they used the service to renew old friendships or work contacts and nearly half found specific people to contact.
"It's hard to keep in touch with everyone you've worked with," said Jonathan Stern, president and CEO of Eliyon Technologies. "So, we've made one important feature of our online subscription database available to job seekers for free. Specifically, we've created a new service called Eliyon Networking, which takes advantage of our powerful 'Company Search' feature. It also takes advantage of Eliyon's ability to identify people who used to work for companies. We encourage job seekers to look up companies where they've worked in order to reconnect with past co-workers who might be helpful in their job search."
"It's important to continue building your network, not just for job hunting, but also for activities such as raising funds for a new business venture, adding to your client roster, or simply expanding your base of business contacts," said Diane Darling, founder and CEO of the Boston-based company Effective Networking, which teaches successful networking techniques. She is also the author of the recently published Networking Survival Guide; Get the Success You Want by Tapping into the People You Know. "Eliyon Networking is a terrific way to jumpstart your initiative to build your personal and professional network and connect with new people and opportunities."
Eliyon Helping Job Seekers
"Eliyon Networking is a great tool for anyone who wants to connect with former colleagues," said Jeff Boudreau, volunteer director of re-employment opportunities for the 495 Networking Support Group in Massachusetts, www.495nsg.org. "One member used it to reconnect with past employers when additional references were required by a hiring company. He made contact, got the reference, and got the job. Without Eliyon Networking, contacting the former colleagues (who had moved on) would not have been possible and our member would not have secured the job offer."
Companies wanting to take advantage of the full power of Eliyon's premium service for recruiting, sales intelligence, business development, and more should call toll-free 1.866.201.7517 for a sales demo and trial access to the full system.
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